Raphie Frank :: business artivist

Gothamist Interviews

A baker’s dozen of my favorite Interviews conducted for Gothamist.com

#13 Reverend Billy, Street Preacher, The Church of Stop Shopping (with Mindy Bond) – The anti-globalist hood Reverend on Starbucks mermaids who want their nipples back, death by latte and the first amendment.

#12 Michelle Madge, Glassblower – Glory Holes and what Glassblowers do for kicks when no one’s around.

#11 Robert Margolis, Filmmaker – The Definition of Insanity writer, director and star reflects on psychoanalysis and his autobiographically inspired faux documentary following the trials and tribulations of the fictional Robert Margolis as he seeks fame and fortune.

#10 Queen Esther, Unemployed Superstar – Southern girl comes to the big Emerald city of Gotham to make good.

#9 Todd Solondz, Filmmaker (with Mindy Bond) – Infamous director of the weird, wacky and sick talks to Gothamist about his latest film Palindromes dealing with issues of child abuse, abortion and the Far Right.

#8 Mitch Borden, Small’s and Fat Cat Jazz Club “Owner” – Jazz as way of life and imagination. Mitch talks of turtles, magical deserts, Ken dolls and a Pizza world where Pizzas go to People Parlors where they can eat real people.

#7 Teresa Fabik, Swedish Filmmaker seeking Gotham inspiration – Scandinavian girl comes to the city to explore the blue spot in her aura, and to hang with Germans named Helga.

#6 “Tyme,” Writer, former inmate Attica Penitentiary – “Tyme,” reformed bad boy and writer, recounts much much darker days.

#5 James Rowe, DJ, Musician, Dreamer of Dreams – James, a self pronounced “surrealist motherfuckin’ devil,” holds forth on him, the other him, and Pataphysics.

#4 Ira Elliot, Drummer, Nada Surf – Golden ball and chains, and dreams of Conan and Pete Best. Ira on Ira.

#3 Leo Kowalski, 92, Retired Elevator Operator – Anti-misceginist views, watching Pearl Harbor on TV, the scourge of Williamsburg hipsters, and more.

#2 Ralph Baker, (refusing to be) Blind Photographer – Ralph talks of losing his vision and repeated jousts with the police and mental health authorities over the course of 40 years as a street photographer.

#1 Louis Alvarado, U.S. Citizen – Louis tells of a harrowing journey from El Salvador to the United States undertaken to escape conscription into a rebel movement.

November 28, 2005 Raphie Frank, Interview Retrospective
October 25, 2005 Kerry Shapleigh, Foreign Service Brat, maybe Lifer
October 22, 2005 Thomas Yong, Producer Tie a Yellow Ribbon
October 18, 2005 David Yellen, Photographer
September 10, 2005 Ralph Baker, (refusing to be) Blind Photographer
September 08, 2005 Anthony Bregman, Producer Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
September 07, 2005 Andrew Kling, Seeking Katrina Relief Volunteers
September 06, 2005 Leo Kowalski, 92, Retired Elevator Operator
July 29, 2005 Ryan Curry, Model & Aspiring Actor
July 28, 2005 Michelle Madge, Glassblower
July 27, 2005 James Rowe, DJ, Musician, Dreamer of Dreams
July 25, 2005 Lisa Selin Davis, Author “Belly”
July 11, 2005 Leonard Abrams, Documentary Filmmaker, Founder East Village Eye
June 16, 2005 Michael Carter, Poet, East Village Homesteader
June 15, 2005 Ira Elliot, Drummer, Nada Surf
June 14, 2005 Teresa Fabik, Swedish Filmmaker Seeking Gotham Inspiration
June 13, 2005 Lezly Ziering, Skate Teacher & Founder Central Park Dance Skater’s Association
May 06, 2005 Queen Esther, Unemployed Superstar
May 05, 2005 Mitch Borden, Small’s and Fat Cat Jazz Club “Owner”
May 04, 2005 Leslie Hawke, Outstanding U.S. Citizen
May 03, 2005 Elana Levin, Community Organizer & Williamsburg Warrior
May 02, 2005 Darrell Shines, Producer of Anything
April 13, 2005 Todd Solondz, Filmmaker
March 18, 2005 Melissa Caruso-Scott, Co-Owner Tonic
March 17, 2005 Guerrilla Girls On Tour
March 16, 2005 Murtaza Vali, Graduate Student
March 15, 2005 Erica Soehngen, Documentary Filmmaker
March 14, 2005 Louis Alvarado, U.S. Citizen
February 11, 2005 Noemie LaFrance, Site-Specific Choreographer
February 10, 2005 Piotr “Ski” Jagninski, Gaffer/Best Boy
February 09, 2005 Jamye Waxman, Sex Educator
February 08, 2005 The Duplass Brothers, Filmmakers
February 07, 2005 Rev. Stephen C. Robinson, Psychic Consultant and Executive Director, Holistic Studies Institute
January 07, 2005 Kevin So, Musician
January 06, 2005 Erica Payne, Political Strategist
January 05, 2005 Nava Lubelski, Artist and Author “The Starving Artist’s Way”
January 04, 2005 Eugene Hernandez, Editor-in-Chief, indieWIRE
January 03, 2005 “Tyme,” Writer, former inmate Attica Penitentiary
December 03, 2004 Tristan Eaton, Graffiti Artist, Illustrator & Toy Designer
December 02, 2004 Robert Margolis, Filmmaker
December 01, 2004 Ida Dupont, Professor of Criminal Justice, Women’s Advocate
November 30, 2004 Dave Gorman, Storyteller and Comedian
November 29, 2004 Ricardo Dominguez, Artist and Electronic Civil Disobedience Pioneer
October 29, 2004 Andrew Boyd, Cultural Activist and Founder, Billionaires for Bush
October 28, 2004 Michelle Collins, Director and Spokeswoman, Votergasm.org
October 27, 2004 Sharif Corinaldi, Political Activist/Founder, SwingtheState.org
August 27, 2004 Sam Seder, Director, Writer, Comedian, Co-Host, “The Majority Report”
August 26, 2004 Kyp Malone, Guitarist, TV on the Radio
August 25, 2004 Adam Shore, General Manager, VICE Records
August 24, 2004 Reverend Billy, Street Preacher, The Church of Stop Shopping
August 23, 2004 Priscilla Grim, Membership & Advocacy Director AIVF

Past Gothamist Interview Team :: Special Thanks
Josh Abraham Yankee Pot Roast
Mindy Bond Friendster Profile
Aaron Dobbs Out of Focus
Nichelle Newsletter Nichelle Newsletter
Lily Oei Variety Bio

…and a grand nod to Mr. Andrew Krucoff who pioneered the entire Gothamist Interview (aka “Young Manhattanite”) Series.

Andrew Krucoff
Young Manhattanite

Liz Black & Rina Raphael

…who graciously covered open interview slots on more than one occasion along with still current Gothamists Jen Chung & Tien Mao, who saved at least my a** on a couple occasions and sole remaining Interviewer, Rachel Kramer Bussel. Oh, and then, of course, there’s me Raphie Frank:: business artivist.

June 4, 2006 - Posted by | Gothamist Interviews, Storytelling


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  2. Hey there! How are things?

    Comment by Nichelle | June 13, 2006 | Reply

  3. Well, well Nichelle. How are you?!? I hope you don’t mind me linking to you. Things are good… I’ve this funny little notion of actually trying to make a difference and have spent six months or so working on ideas. Of any that are PUBLICLY available you can mostly find them or get to them from this blog.

    Comment by Raphie Frank | June 13, 2006 | Reply

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